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FEBRUARY 2021 NEWSLETTER


CATCH UP ON THE LATEST BREASTFEEDING NEWS & VIEWS
 
We want to say thank you to those who attended our first Virtual Liquid Gold Gala over the weekend! It was a pleasure getting to see you and share about all things breastfeeding.

We look forward to our next event in 2021!


Are you excited as well?
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BREASTFEEDING NEWS & VIEWS
*ALL LINKS HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW*
COVID-19 Update for Human Milk Donors & Breastfeeding Moms
 
Human milk donors who have had COVID-19 vaccine are welcome to donate to any HMBANA milk bank. Human milk donors who have been COVID-19 positive, or who have had COVID-19 symptoms may donate milk. The mother may not bring the milk to the milk bank herself for 14 days after testing positive or from the start of symptoms. 
 
For a wealth of information about donor human milk, breastfeeding, vaccines and COVID-19, go to:

https://www.hmbana.org/news/covid-19.html 
Lactation Consultants are Phase
1-A COVID-19 Vaccine Eligible


The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and San Diego Health & Human Services Agency (SDHHSA) have updated their vaccination eligibility to include Lactation Consultants.

This list is updated frequently, and can be downloaded below:

Read the list HERE
COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy: Conversation Guide for Clinicians

COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to lactating individuals similar to non-lactating individuals when they meet criteria for receipt of the vaccine based on prioritization groups outlined by the ACIP.

Individuals considering a COVID-19 vaccine should have access to available information about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, including information about data that is not available. A conversation between the patient and their providers can help with decision-making about the use of vaccines for the prevention of COVID-19 by pregnant patients. 

Pregnant women who do not already meet other indications for the COVID-19 vaccine (eg. health care workers, other 1A eligible persons) will be eligible for the vaccine starting March 15th, 2021.

View the COVID-19 Vaccine Conversation Guide
JAMA Discussion:
COVID-19, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding


A superb conversation with editor-in chief of JAMA, Dr. Howard Bauchner, a Pediatrician, and 2 experts on infectious disease and vaccines in pregnancy, Dr. Denise Jamieson (formerly of the CDC, now at Emory in Atlanta) and Dr. Catherine Spong (formerly of NICHD, now at UT Southwestern).  They discuss why given the present state of the evidence, pregnant women at ANY stage of pregnancy should receive COVID-19 vaccine, especially if a high-risk pregnancy.  Breastfeeding women should also receive the vaccine.
 
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5fUvB8vaAIk
WABA WORLD BREASTFEEDING WEEK 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic posed enormous challenges for the global community. Ensuring survival, health and wellbeing for all is as important as ever. Breastfeeding is the foundation of life and contributes to short- and long-term health, good nutrition and food security in normal and emergency situations. 

#WBW2021 will focus on how breastfeeding contributes to the survival, health and wellbeing of all, and the imperative to protect breastfeeding worldwide. The theme is aligned with thematic area 2 of the WBW-SDG 2030 campaign
 

The slogan of #WBW2021 is:

Protect Breastfeeding: A Shared Responsibility

A public health approach to breastfeeding is needed to build back better systems in normal and crisis situations. It is time to inform, anchor, engage and galvanize action to protect breastfeeding at all levels. This will help ensure survival, health and wellbeing for all and is key in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

VISIT THE WBW 2021 WEBSITE
CALIFORNIA BREASTFEEDING COALITION 2021 SUMMIT RECAP
by: Jamie Felice, MSN, RN, IBCLC
The California Breastfeeding Coalition Summit 2021 was held January 26 - 28, 2021 and brought over 500 State-wide breastfeeding advocates together, virtually. 
The topics were appropriate and timely, considering the current pandemic, racial inequity awareness and growing legal protection for breastfeeding.

Sessions included:

• Current research supporting the importance of breastfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic

• Exposing maternal health disparities in Black, Indigenous and People of color (BIPOC)

• Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act, SB 464, addressing structural and institutional racism; Implicit Bias Training

• Encouraging teen and young adult breastfeeding   

• Legal updates protecting breastfeeding at work, in schools and for incarcerated women; including family leave

• Reducing Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) by breastfeeding or use of donor milk; updates on Milk Banking
&
• Father engagement for breastfeeding support  

This year’s Summit had quite a lot of ground to cover and being the first one to be held virtually, did it well!

Here are some important resources from the CBC: 
http://californiabreastfeeding.org/
https://www.diversityscience.org/training/equal-perinatal-care/
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/question-and-answers-hub/q-a-detail/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-breastfeeding­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­
GUEST BLOG: TO-WEN TSENG
(Journalist, Author, & Breastfeeding Activist)
Photo Credit: Arissa Palmer 

Breastfeeding: Our Stories

Writing blog posts for my local breastfeeding coalition is all about storytelling for social good. So today I am going to tell another breastfeeding story.

It was 1949, in the middle of Chinese civil war. A mother trying to escape from the war-torn China got on a refugee boat in Guangzhou with her 3-year-old and 1-year-old.

The boat was sailing to Kaohsiung. Soon after they left the port, the two children started to cry. People on the boat were afraid that the kids crying would attract the communist navy searching for refugees. They were going to throw the kids into the sea.

The mother fought against those people with all her strength, promising that she would stop the children crying. She took off her blouse, put the two kids under her arms, one on each side, and then put her nipples into the kids' months. Comforted by the mother's breasts, the children calmed down. The mother kept nursing her children until they arrived in Kaohsiung safely two days later.

The mother in the story is my grandmother. Those two children are my father and my uncle. For years I held this story as a unique family memory. But when I shared the story at the 14 Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference in North Carolina two years ago, an attendee exclaimed, “Oh, that could be my grandma! She did the same thing when running away from Nazi in 1943’s Belgium.”

When it comes to breastfeeding, it’s always personal. Yet when it comes to breastfeeding stories, all the stories have something in common.

Seven years ago when I was working for a Los Angeles-based Chinese language newspaper as a staff writer, I sat on the floor of a bathroom stall between assignments and then washed the pumping accessories in the office kitchen while some colleagues told me “don’t wash your dirty panties here.” For months I thought it’s just unfortunate of me to have disrespectful colleagues and a law-breaking employer who refused to provide lactation accommodation. But when I reached out for legal assistance to allege my previous employer for breastfeeding discrimination, I learned that my experience was both typical and far from the worst of it among breastfeeding moms returning to work after their child’s birth.

When it comes to breastfeeding stories, all the stories have some elements in common: struggle, resilience, and most of all, love. Telling stories is one of the most powerful means that activists have to influence, teach and inspire. Do you have a breastfeeding story to share? Please leave a comment on our blog and let us know!
 
SHARE YOUR STORY
 
Become an SDCBC Member in 2021!
We offer different levels of membership with
special benefits to thank you for your generous support!

 
SELECT YOUR MEMBERSHIP TYPE:
STUDENT / FRIEND MEMBERSHIP
INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP
SMALL BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP
LARGE BUSINESS / ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP
ALL MEMBERSHIPS SUPPORT:
 
BREASTFEEDING EDUCATION PROGRAMS
ADVOCACY FOR MOTHERS, CHILDREN, & FAMILIES
RESOURCES FOR CHILDCARE PROVIDERS

Let’s continue to work together to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. As always, please let us know if you have questions or ideas for the Coalition as we continue to adapt during this unique time. 

Sincerely,

San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition Board of Directors

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